I think this is a poor decision by the Steinbrenner boys.
Especially bad decision considering how Girardi treated his vets at Florida.
I'm not convinced on Girardi. Someone once pointed out to me that he was in an easy situation in Florida. If they won, he's great but if they lose, that's what every one expected. I wonder how the New Yorkers will treat him. I think his pressure will be much higher than Torre's.
What was wrong with Don Mattingly?
not surprised at all.
I don't think it is that bad of a choice.
His main problem was with owners/upper management/etc. and that is a non issue with Steinbrenners involved. No way does he have the you know what to 'back talk' good ole George.
Will Paul O'Neill be his bench coach?
So now we know both Torre and Mattingly will be heading to LA. It may very well be that the Steinbrenners have made a mistake by creating an alternative to NY. It will be interesting to see if any of the Yankee free agents head to the the new NY in the West(LA).
Girardi calls his shots as he sees them. It doesn't matter if you are a veteran or not. If you don't hustle or do it right, he lets you know. He is very strong in player development. He lost his Florida job because he told Loria to keep his mouth shut. He establishes clear goals and makes his expectations know. What more could any player ask for?
In NY there won't be an owner sitting in the stands yelling at the umpire... in fact there might not be an owner at the game, so disagreements can remain private, even with all the extra scrutiny. The problem will come from the writers who are used to access, and Girardi won't give them as much... and he will read the papers and give them less for writing poorly about him. This is one city where the press really skews how the public sees the team... that will be Girardi's landmine here.
He may have a $200million payroll, but you are also following a guy who had that who got fired for not getting far enough into the playoffs. Thats a bit of pressure. Mattingly doesn't know it, but he is lucky.
As an avowed Yankee hater, this move really scares me. Add a manager who is young, hungry, talented and knows how to win, to all of that talent and all those resourses, well its not a pretty picture. This is the smartest move the Yankees have made in a long time. This organization needed a kick in the butt and Girardi will give it to them.